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Old 02-13-2012, 11:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Low on memory messages playing Skyrim with 4GB

I use Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit and have 4 gb of ram installed ( 2 sticks of Kingston Hyper X DDR2). I can run most programs just fine without any problems, like Maxed Far Cry 2 and Deus Ex: HR. However, whenever I play Skyrim (on High/Ultra, but i haven't tested the other settings) I get messages of low memory usages.

I'm pretty sure this doesn't mean that Skyrim is taking up so much RAM that I need more than 4 GB because I know people have ran it on maxed setting with 4 GB just fine (and on top of that I'm assuming Skyrim doesn't really need THAT much more ram than programs like Crysis or Far Cry 2). I use CCleaner from time to time but haven't used it lately, nor have I defragged in a while. Are these the reasons why this is happening, or is it more likely that there's something wrong with my sticks? What should I do to make sure?

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Default Re: Low on memory messages playing Skyrim with 4GB

Is that talking about system RAM, or GDDR# RAM?

What are the rest of your system specs? Most importantly your GFX.
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Old 02-13-2012, 02:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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you can also get that type of error if the system is attempting to use virtual ram (hard drive/pagefile ram) and it's not there
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I got a sapphire HD 6850, and a phenom x 4 975 processor.


and yeah talking about System RAM here.
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Default Re: Low on memory messages playing Skyrim with 4GB

What resolution are you playing at? Do you have a bunch of mods? What programs are running while you're playing Skyrim? Check the task manager.
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When you are playing Skyrim, open up the Task Manager and see what is causing the RAM deficiency.

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Old 02-13-2012, 04:18 PM   #7 (permalink)
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resolution is 1440 by 900, no mods, and the only programs taking noticeable memory are steam and skyrim itself
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How much of your RAM is being used? Go to the Performance tab.
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Old 02-13-2012, 07:03 PM   #9 (permalink)
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well when the low memory alert happens I get this

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Default Re: Low on memory messages playing Skyrim with 4GB

Can you post a SS of your "Processes" and "Performance" tabs?
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